The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls
by Bruce Gardner
Pub Date 23 Sep 2019
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Explore the craft and technique of dorodango in master crafter Bruce Gardner's new book, Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls.
The Japanese hikaru dorodango, or shiny mud ball, is created by rolling earth by hand into a perfect sphere and polishing it until it gleams. Not only are the results truly impressive, but this calm and meditative practice, a traditional Japanese playground activity for children, has been rediscovered as a peaceful pastime for people of all ages.
Alongside beautiful photographs of the process, Bruce Gardner covers every aspect of making and finishing your dorodango, accompanied by inspiring words on the mindful qualities of this earthy activity.
Why not use some earth from a place which is special to you? Creating dorodango from your native soil will connect you with it in a new, fully immersive way. Or you can create dorodango to remind you of your travels? Build your collection of dorodango and you'll find that earth from different locations each have their own unique properties and finishes.
Known for inducing flow, the ultimate state of happiness, this simple art is perfect for those who enjoy practising mindfulness, spending time in nature and working with their hands.
Are you ready to get your hands dirty?